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One of the messages he portrays, as he satirizes the rise to power of Joseph Stalin, is the message that almost every leader is interested mostly in making their own life better, consolidating power, etc., and that they will quickly change once they begin to have that power and no longer feel a connection with common people.
In this case, Napoleon is the stand-in for Stalin, who constantly maintained the image of a common man but was certainly not hesitant to kill millions of common folks to be sure that he got his way and that no one was ready to cross him or threaten his control.
Orwell satirizes this process and in so doing provides a number of good examples that we can often use to characterize or act as allegory for political actions in the past and the present.
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